A Seventeenth-Century Argument Against Primogeniture [Ap-Robert, John]. The Younger Brother His Apologie, Or a Fathers Free Power Disputed, For the Disposition of His Lands, Or Other His Fortunes to His Sonne, Sonnes, Or Any One of Them: As Right Reason, The Lawes of God and Nature, The Civill, Canon, And Municipall Laws of this Kingdome doe Command. Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield for Edward Forrest, 1624 [i.e. 1634]. [x], 56,  pp. Quarto (7" x 5-1/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into recent quarter morocco over marbled boards, gilt title (with incorrect author name) and raised bands to spine. Light rubbing to extremities, corners lightly bumped, bookplate residue to front pastedown. Moderate toning, light browning and some chipping to fore-edges of several leaves, occasional marks and brief annotations in early hand to text and title page. $500. * Second issue. First published in 1618 with a title beginning The Yonger Brother His Apology by It Selfe, this pamphlet argues that the law of primogeniture may be overruled due to a father's desire or family circumstances. Later issues were published in 1635 and 1671. Like many copies of the 1634 issue, the date on the title page has a correction in a contemporary hand. All issues are scarce. OCLC locates 5 copies of the 1634 issue in North American law libraries (Harvard, Library of Congress, San Francisco Law Library, University of Minnesota, Yale). English Short-Title Catalogue S100213.
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